Monday, August 8, 2011

Prospecting: Shelby Miller

Shelby Miller: Born 10/10/90 6'3" 195
Stats (AA): 7-2, 2.48/1.25/9.0
Miller is one of my favorite prospects in all of baseball, and is only behind Matt Moore and Julio Teheran as a pitching prospect, at least in my book. He was the 19th overall pick in the 2009 draft out of a Texas high school. He is only 20 years old, and according to Baseball America, "Pieces are all there to be a future No. 1 or No. 2 starter". He had been struggling a bit at Double-A, but turned it around last start by taking a no-hitter into the 6th inning, giving up his first hit to super prospect Mike Trout. It was his 1st win since July 20th. Miller has a powerful fastball that consistently hits 94-96, which could become one of the top fastballs in the league. His curveball was below-average coming out of the draft, but worked all of last year on it's command, and it has developed into an above-average hammer. His change-up is only an average pitch, consistently at 82-85 with a decent release point. He runs into trouble when he can't locate that 12-6 curveball and when he hangs his change-up. At the young age of 20, he still has room to improve and if all goes right he could be comparable to a young Jason Schmidt. Go and pick him up in all keeper formats, and keep him on your radar for a June call-up next year.

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